Well, I just listened to our radio show. It was certainly better sounding than the last one we did but still not something I'm proud to have produced. I don't know why every time we do a radio performance they mix the vocals about 20x louder than the rest of the music. Its really off-putting. I was going to say that I hope you guys all got to hear it but I really don't. I hope a lot of new people heard it and thought it was interesting enough to come to the show this weekend or buy the record, but hopefully, no one who already has an opinion about us heard it.
As I mentioned before I've been reading The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. In it, he postulates a 7 point scale of agnosticism, which I will reproduce here.
1. Strong Theist: I do not question the existence of God, I KNOW he exists.
2. De-facto Theist: I cannot know for certain but I strongly believe in God and I live my life on the assumption that he is there.
3. Weak Theist: I am very uncertain, but I am inclined to believe in God.
4. Pure Agnostic: God’s existence and non-existence are exactly equiprobable.
5. Weak Atheist: I do not know whether God exists but I’m inclined to be skeptical.
6. De-facto Atheist: I cannot know for certain but I think God is very improbable and I live my life under the assumption that he is not there.
7. Strong Atheist: I am 100% sure that there is no God.
Leah and I were talking about this list the other day, and I placed myself as a 3 leaning towards a 2, and she posed a question that I thought was interesting. She asked "How would you live your life differently if you didn't believe in god as opposed to believing in him?" I thought about it and said, "I don't guess I would do anything differently." She agreed.
Dawkins, himself, always says that a world with a god would look drastically different from a world without one, but I'm not so sure. I mean, how could we know since there's no experiment we can really do, as of yet. Dawkins argues probability, saying that while its impossible to disprove completely, he can prove that it is more probable that god doesn't exist, but so far I haven't read how he feels a universe with a god would look different, specifically.
I don't believe that morality is exclusive to or dependent on religion, spirituality, or a relationship with Christ (which is somehow not the former), and I think most people that read this blog agree with that statement, so my question to you, dear reader, is three-fold:
1. What number on the chart do you most closely relate to?
2. What, if anything, would you change about your life if someone, somehow, proved you wrong about your belief?
3. If you put yourself between a 3 and 7, why do you feel the need to live a moral life (assuming that you do)?
Keep in mind that we're not talking about identifying god as any specific one. For the sake of argument, lets just imagine that science somehow proves that god simply exists but past that, our knowledge of him/her/it/them hasn't increased. In other words, it could just as easily be Zeus as Allah.
Bonus question: How would you go about learning more about the character of this new found, completely provable god and/or would you even try to?